1802 United States elections
1800          1801          1802          1803          1804
Midterm elections
Incumbent presidentThomas Jefferson
Next Congress8th
Senate elections
Overall controlDemocratic-Republican hold
Seats contested11 of 34 seats[1]
Net seat changeDemocratic-Republican +5[2]
House elections
Overall controlDemocratic-Republican hold
Seats contestedAll 142 voting seats
Net seat changeDemocratic-Republican +35[2]

The 1802 United States elections occurred in the middle of Democratic-Republican President Thomas Jefferson's first term, during the First Party System. Members of the 8th United States Congress were chosen in this election. Democratic-Republicans picked up several seats in both chambers of Congress, solidifying their control over the House and Senate.

In the House, 36 seats were added following the 1800 census. Democratic-Republicans gained many seats, increasing their majority.[3]

In the Senate, Democratic-Republicans won major gains, increasing their previously-narrow majority.[4]

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  1. ^ Not counting special elections.
  2. ^ a b Congressional seat gain figures only reflect the results of the regularly-scheduled elections, and do not take special elections into account.
  3. ^ "Party Divisions of the House of Representatives". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Party Division in the Senate, 1789-Present". United States Senate. Retrieved 25 June 2014.